Rangers find themselves in an 0-2 hole heading back to New York
Henrik Lundqvist has been a staple of the New York Rangers’ defense, but his teammates let him down Sunday night in a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. The Rangers’ defense was not able to stave off the offensive onslaught of the Bruins, and now find themselves down two games in the best-of-seven series.
“I thought I was in position (on Boston’s goals), but there were a couple screens, and if you give up five goals you can’t be satisfied, obviously,” Lundqvist said, reports New York Daily News “But I’ve got to look at the way they scored the goals, too, and it’s about teamwork out there, and today that didn’t work for us in our own end.”
On the bright side, the Rangers were down 0-2 in their first-round series against the Washington Capitals and came back to win the series in seven games, so recovering from an 0-2 hole is not impossible.
Lundqvist is aware of that, but he also knows that it is a much taller task.
“We’ve done it before,” Lundqvist said, according to CBS Sports,“but I think we are playing a better team now, so it’s going to be tough to do it.”
The Rangers are not a team that is built for high-scoring affairs, so it is imperative that they start to take care of things in their defensive zone if they want to climb out of this hole.
Meanwhile, the Bruins expect the Rangers to play better and don’t plan to let up.
“I’m expecting a desperate team,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, according to ESPN. “They’re going to step up their game and we’re going to have to be a lot better, too. Going into their building, they’re traditionally a pretty strong team in that rink and it’s not an easy rink to play in, so we’re going to have to be better.”